CONF: Cultural Heritage Crime (Cranfield University / online, 12-14 Jul 2021)

Online Cultural Heritage Crime Conference
Online, 12–14 Jul 2021

Following the launch of its new MSc in Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime, Cranfield University is proud to host the international, online Cultural Heritage Crime Conference (CHCC).  Completely free to attend, CHCC 2021 aims to encourage broader engagement with the global issues of cultural heritage crime and protection.

CHCC is designed to attract an international, interdisciplinary audience of cultural heritage stakeholders, art market professionals, lawyers, law enforcement, military personnel, and the general public.  This year’s three-day programme will offer attendees an invaluable insight into the practical, legal and ethical implications of cultural heritage crime.  International speakers will examine both the short- and long-term impact of cultural heritage crime from the recent targeting of archaeological sites and the forging of indigenous artefacts to the recovery of Nazi-looted fine art.

CHCC 2021 will be streamed through a secure, digital conferencing platform so there is no need for participants to travel.  Sessions will be broadcast live from 10:00 to 17:30 GMT with recordable presentations then uploaded onto the site for attendees in conflicting time zones to view.

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Monday 12th July 2021
10:00-10:40: Welcome and Introduction to Day One: Theft and Trafficking (Cranfield University)
10:50-11:45: Panel: Crowdsourcing the Hunt for Stolen Gods (Vijay Kumar, India Pride Project)
11:55-12:50: Panel: Cultural Heritage Crime Behaviour and Material Indicators (Konstantinos-Orfeas Sotiriou, Hellenic Organization of Cultural Resources Development; and Angeliki Aloupi, Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs)
14:00-14:55: Keynote: The Art of Theft (Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)
15:05-16:00: Panel: The Digital Underworld for Looted Heritage (Katie A. Paul; and Prof Amr Al Azm, Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research ‘ATHAR’ Project)
16:15-17:20: Panel: Policing Cultural Heritage Crime (Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit; and Special Agent Christopher McKeogh, FBI Art Crime Team)
17:25-17:30: Day One Closing Remarks (Cranfield University)

Tuesday 13th July 2021
10:00-10:40: Welcome and Introduction to Day Two: Looting and Damage During Armed Conflict (Cranfield University)
10:50-11:45: Keynote: The Blue Shield (Fionnuala Rogers, Chair of the United Kingdom Committee of the Blue Shield)
11:55-12:50: Lecture: The Fight for Syria’s Cultural Heritage (Khaled Hiatlih, The Institute of Digital Archaeology and Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University)
14:00-14:55: Lecture: Cultural Heritage During the Cyprus Conflict (Dr Sam Hardy, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage and Conflicts, Norwegian Institute in Rome, University of Oslo)
15:05-16:00: Panel: Art in the Aftermath of WWII (MaryKate Cleary, University of Edinburgh; and Dr Shir Kochavi, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley)
16:15-17:20: Panel: Delivering a Military Cultural Property Protection Capability (Lt Col Tim Purbrick, Commanding Officer of the British Cultural Property Protection Unit; and Captain Tim Le Berre, Deputy Director of the French Army Heritage Office)
17:25-17:30: Day Two Closing Remarks (Cranfield University)

Wednesday 14th July 2021
10:00-10:40: Welcome and Introduction to Day Three: Fakes and Forgeries (Cranfield University)
10:50-11:45: Keynote: Protecting Museums from Fakes and Forgeries (Vernon Rapley, Director of Cultural Heritage Protection and Security, Victoria & Albert Museum)
11:55-12:50: Lecture: Fake Art Harms Culture (Stephanie Parkin, Chair Indigenous Art Code)
14:00-14:55: Panel: Vetting Fine Art and Cultural Heritage – It’s All in the Label (Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Chair of Masterpiece London Art Fair; and Jocelyn Poulton, Head of Vetting Masterpiece London Art Fair)
15:05-16:00: Lecture: Authenticating Modigliani (Dr Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director and President, The Modigliani Project)